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Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling into Place Lyrics 6 years ago
This song is about a dream. The music enhances that feeling.

It starts 'in media res', you're at a club with a girl, instant connection. Everything's happening in a smoothly wonderful way. Everything is very real at first, you feel as if you're unwinding from a work day.

Then the walls abandon shape, everything gets surreal. I think the night owl and animal noises refers to the coming of waking up in the middle of the night alone. Closed circuit cameras means that though it seems that there are other people in this reality, you're the only one who ever witnessed the event. Comatose refers to the dead, lonely sleep you'll fall into after you wake up from this dream of paradise.

Then there's imagery for the dream getting more chaotic as things start unraveling and losing their perfect-ness.

Then: Jigsaw falling into place, describing the feeling of starting to realize you're in a dream and everything is going to disappear. There is nothing to explain because both you and the girl in your dream realize what is about to happen. You look at each other longingly, tormented of the coming oblivion. You make a desparate wish and plea for it to stop, but you can "feel a light on your back", the feeling of coming back into consciousness.

Jigsaw falling into place.

Nickel Creek – Helena Lyrics 6 years ago
The author of this song meets Helena somewhere and engages in innocent flirting, but as Helena flirts with him she steals his heart. He wants her immediately but he can't because there's he's in a committed relationship with his current girlfriend. He explains to Helena that he doesn't care about his current girlfriend and asks her to wait for his current relationship to fizzle out, to which she takes offense and leaves. Then humiliated and having ruined any potential with the girl he's already with, he lashes out and claims that he didn't see any chance of them working out anyway and defensively states that he can get any girl he wants.

Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven Lyrics 6 years ago
Disclaimer: This is my fairly dark interpretation of the song. If you accept it as its intended meaning, you may wish you hadn't heard it. You've been warned.

My Interpretation:

In the first verse, the lady represents the naive soul of a person, believing that everything will work out, believing that she can simply ask for something and receive it, and in the end she will reach heaven for being good.

In the second verse, it says that "there's a sign on the wall". I believe this represents the fact that we don't know for sure what to believe, but there is a religious authority which gives us a standard answer. However, the woman looks deeper because there may be more than one simple meaning.

"In a tree by the brook",(using more natural and mystical language than the "sign") a songbird hints that our entire perception about the world around us may be wrong. I believe the songbird represents the wondering of our mind.

Then, "Ooh, it makes me wonder"

Third Verse. Here it begins to get a little bit dark. "There's a feeling I get when I look to the west, and my spirit is crying for leaving." Something is pulling at my soul to look for something else and leave what I know behind. "In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees, and the voices of those who stand looking." The trees represent the "forest" of the mind, and rings of smoke has to mean that something inside the mind is trying to communicate something, which is rather spooky. The voices looking are his thoughts in response to the "smoke rings".

"Ooh, it makes me wonder."

Fourth Verse

And it's whispered that soon if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If we all call the tune and follow the whisperings of our mind, "the Piper" will lead us to see things differently. The result being that we will leave way we knew behind and live in a new way of splendor and freedom.

The drums start, as does this new vision of existence.

Fifth Verse

"If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now.
It's just a spring clean for the May Queen."

A hedgerow is a bush, this is imagery depicting a bush shaking from the inside, but refers to wary feelings in the mind. The "May Queen" is an occultist reference. It says that while you may be alarmed at first, she is simply cleaning out your old ways of thought.

"Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on."

It's not too late. You still can go down either path if you want, but in the long run this occultist enlightenment will always be at arms' length.

Sixth Verse
"Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know,
The Piper's calling you to join him."

You're wary and anxious about it but you won't go unless you decide to surrender yourself to it, meanwhile "The Piper" is calling you on.

"Dear Lady can you hear the wind blow, and did you know,
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind."

The Lady is the pure soul. He asks, don't you hear the whisperings of your mind, and do you know that the way to your paradise is through following those deepest thoughts and wants?

Then, a sudden strange and abrupt change in music. The solo seems to communicate its own particular message without words. This transition seems to represent the crossing over from innocence and falling into the rich, mournful truth.


And as we wind on down the road

Our Shadows taller than our soul (Our desires overcoming our potential for goodness)

There walks a Lady we all know of (We are all familiar with the intimacy of our souls)

Who shines bright light and wants to show (She is figuratively radiant from the new knowledge)

How everything still turns to gold
(In this new vision, things turn to gold, as opposed to the naive optimism earlier of believing all glittering things were gold)

And if you listen very hard (Listen!)

The truth will come to you at last (Promising the thing everybody is searching for)

When all is one and one is all

(The belief that everything is for you and for your purpose. Everything is you and you are everything. The central ideal in satanism. Robert Plant has yelled "That's what HE is!" quickly after this line in concert.)

To be a rock and not to roll. (To be the unmoveable center of your universe)

In summation, I believe it's satanic, and I find it rather disturbing, but that's what Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were into and I think that this very close to the ever-elusive intended meaning behind the song.

Nickel Creek – This Side Lyrics 6 years ago
I'm fairly certain that this is what the song means:

When the song opens with "Someday you'll see her and you know what I mean", it is addressing the listener, describing what the girl you fall in love with will seem like.

-She won't be dependent on your approval
-She won't try to make you be with her by hogging you
-You are going to feel like something's missing after she leaves

"This side" refers to how drastically alien being in love feels from not-being in love.

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